Maj Eugene Victor Ziemba III
Major Eugene Ziemba graduated from the Citadel in 2004 with a Bachelor of Arts in History. In December of 2006, he was commissioned a Second Lieutenant through the Officer Candidate Course. After completing The Basic School, and Aviation Maintenance Officers School, he underwent flight training, and was designated a Naval Aviator in August of 2009. He then reported to VMMT-204, at MCAS New River, for training as an MV-22B pilot.
In March of 2010, Major Ziemba reported to VMM-264 "The Black Knights" aboard MCAS New River, where he served as a Schedule Writer, Current Operations Officer, Aviation Safety Officer and Director of Safety and Standardization. He deployed to Camp Bastion, Afghanistan from January – August 2011, and again January – August 2013 in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. In addition while with VMM-264 he completed the Aviation Safety Officers Course in June of 2012 and the Tactical Air Control Party course in November of 2013.
From January 2014 – April 2015, Major Ziemba served as a Forward Air Controller for BLT 2/9 and deployed as part of the Unit Deployment Program to Camp Schwab, Okinawa from August 2014 – February 2015. While deployed with 2/9 Major Ziemba participated in exercise Blue Chromite 14, Forrest Light 15-1, Korean Marine Exchange Program 15-2, and Bersama Warrior 15. Upon his return, he was assigned as an instructor pilot at VMMT-204 the “Raptors”. While assigned to the Raptors he served as the Airframes Division Officer, and the Quality Assurance Officer. During this period Major Ziemba was also designated a Night Systems Instructor and board selected for duty at Marine Helicopter Squadron One.
Upon arrival at Marine Helicopter Squadron One, Major Ziemba was assigned to the operations department as a Schedule Writer, Operations Duty Officer and Plans Officer. He was designated a White House Tiltrotor Aircraft Commander in July of 2018. While at Marine Helicopter Squadron One, Major Ziemba deployed over 25 times in support of Presidential travel to include four natural disaster visits and a trans-Atlantic deployment in support of the D-Day 75th anniversary ceremonies.
Major Ziemba executed orders to Marine Aircraft Group 36 in July 2020. Major Ziemba was assigned to Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 262 “The Flying Tigers” as the Operations Officer. Major Ziemba currently serves as the Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 262 Executive Officer.
Major Ziemba’s personal decorations include the Meritorious Service Medal, Air Medal with bronze numeral 6, Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal and the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal with one gold star.